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  • Swine flu deaths reached 377 across India

    14 hours ago
    Swine flu deaths reached 377 across India. The number of those infected by the flu has crossed 12,000. Rajasthan reported the highest number of cases (3,508) and fatalities (127). The governments of the states most affected by the virus have now issued advisory to control the pandemic. The swine flu virus is harbored in pigs but transmitted through the inhalation of contaminated droplets of moisture or through contact with a contaminated surface and a person’s eyes, nose or mouth. The Drug Controller General of India instructed 10,000 licensed pharmacies across India to increase their stocks of the two main drugs used to treat swine flu, Oseltamivir and Tamiflu. The Indian government has initiated to educate citizens on Swine flu symptoms/precautions.

    Regional Conference on Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation scheme (DDRS)organised by DEPwD at Kolkata, West Bengal

    21 hours ago
    A regional conference on ‘Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS)’ was organised in Kolkata, West Bengal. DDRS is a scheme implemented by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment. Programme Implementing Agencies (PIAs), mostly NGOs and state government representatives from 13 Eastern and North-Eastern states of India-West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim & Tripura marked their presence at the conference. About DDRS It was established in 1999 by the Government of India. It is a central government scheme. Under this scheme, monetary help is provided to around 600 NGOs which work in the field of education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. Out of these 600 NGOs, about 26% NGOs under DDRS and 46% of Special School for Children with Intellectual Disabilities are from Eastern and North-Eastern States. About West Bengal ♦ Capital- Kolkata ♦ Chief Minister- Mamata Banerjee ♦ Governor- Keshari Nath Tripathi

    International Vision Zero Conference to promote Occupational Safety and Health inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtra

    21 hours ago
    ‘International Vision Zero Conference’ was inaugurated in Mumbai, Maharashtra to promote occupational safety and health. The Conference was organized by Directorate General Factory Advice and Labour Institutes (DGFASLI), Ministry of Labour and Employment, German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV), Germany along with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and International Social Security Association – Manufacturing, Construction and Mining. It was inaugurated by Shri Heeralal Samariya, Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Employment. Vision Zero’ is based on four principles: Life is non-negotiable. Humans are fallible. Limits of tolerance defined by physical resistance of humans. People are entitled to safe transport and safe workplaces. About Maharashtra ♦ Capital- Mumbai ♦ Chief Minister- Devendra Fadnavis ♦ Governor- C. Vidyasagar Rao

    Kerala Police inducts India's first humanoid robot officer

    22 hours ago
    Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inducted India's first humanoid robot 'KP-BOT', gendered female, into the Kerala Police force at the rank of Sub-Inspector (SI). It'll receive the visitors & direct them to different places according to their needs. About Kerala: Capital: Thiruvananthapuram Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan It is the Land of Coconut Trees And Backwaters. Kerala has the highest literacy rate in India.

    Textiles Minister Launches four projects in North East for the development of Silk Sector

    22 hours ago
    Four projects for the development of Silk sector were launched by Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani via video-conferencing,in the North-East. She also inaugurated new office buildings of the Weavers’Service Centre (WSC)in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, and Kannur, Kerala. The projects launched are: Muga silk seed production centre in Tura, Meghalaya, taken by the Central Silk Board for implementation under the Integrated Sericulture Development Project in order to establish seed infrastructure units in the north-eastern states. Eri spun silk mill in Sangaipat, Imphal with a total cost of Rs. 21.53crore and implemented by collaboration between state and CSB. Silk printing and processing unit in Agartala, Tripura to enhance growth in the whole textile value chain and facilitate local weavers and artisans.
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    Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, launched SWAYATT in New Delhi

    22 hours ago
    Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation launched SWAYATT in New Delhi. SWAYATT-an initiative to encourage Start-ups, Women and Youth Advantage Through eTransactions on Government e-Marketplace (GeM). It aims at creating a conducive atmosphere for interaction between key stakeholders within our entrepreneurial ecosystem and Government e-Marketplace which is the national procurement portal.  A Startup Runway which is an initiative under the collaboration of GeM with Startup India, established to provide help to start-ups, registered with Startup India so that it can gain access to the public procurement market and sell innovative products and services to government buyers. 24 stalls were set up by women SHGs, start-ups and government organizations. Contributions by successful entrepreneurs in these categories were also highlighted by the Commerce Minister. About Delhi ♦ Chief Minister- Arvind Kejriwal ♦ Lieutenant Governor- Anil Baijal

    Eco Circuit Project in Kerala inaugurated by K.J. Alphons

    23 hours ago
    K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism inaugurated the project ‘Development of Eco Circuit: Pathanamthitta – Gavi – Vagamon – Thekkady’ under the Swadesh Darshan scheme of Ministry of Tourism at Vagamon, Kerala. .About Ministry of Tourism: Formed: 1967 Headquarters: New Delhi Minister responsible: Alphons Kannanthanam It is responsible for the formulation and administration of the rules, regulations and laws relating to the development and promotion of tourism in India.  

    Cabinet approves 3 percent hike in Dearness Allowance for central govt employees

    23 hours ago
    Dearness Allowance (DA) to central government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners has been increased from 9% to 12% with effect from January 1, 2019. This move will benefit 48.41 lakh central government employees and 62.03 lakh pensioners. The combined impact on the exchequer on account of both DA and DR would be Rs 9,168.12 crore per annum and Rs 10,696.14 crore in 2019-20 (for a period of 14 months from January 2019 to February 2020). Previously, the Cabinet had increased dearness allowance in March 2018, from 5% to 7% in accordance with the recommendations of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC).

    PM Modi inaugurated Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Centre of BHU

    2 days ago
    The new Cancer Centre at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is built at a cost of Rs 500 crore and aims to provide affordable cancer care to patients in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and even neighbouring countries like Nepal. He also inaugurated Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital in Lehartara.

    Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) launched a new micro insurance plan Micro Bachat

    2 days ago
    A new microinsurance plan ‘Micro Bachat’ was launched by the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India. It provides coverage of up to 2 lakhs and is the first micro-insurance plan to do so. It provides both protection and savings and is a regular premium, non-linked, participating endowment microinsurance plan. In case a policyholder dies, this plan would provide financial assistance to the family. For surviving policyholders, a lump sum amount at the time of maturity shall be provided It can be availed only by standard healthy citizens in the age group of 18-55 years without undergoing any medical examination.

    Punjab FM Manpreet Singh Badal presented the Rs 1,58,493 crore state budget for FY 2019-20

    2 days ago
    State budget of Rs. 48,663.90 crore was presented by Finance Minister Prakash Pant who described it as a balanced budget by prioritising education, health, agriculture, employment generation in rural areas, infrastructure, housing and urban development. It is said to be a surplus budget with the total expenditure for the Financial Year 2019-20 standing around 48,663.90 crore and total earnings for the period around Rs 48,679.43 crore. Interest-free loans of up to Rs 1 lakh shall be provided to poor and small farmers. Interest-free loans amounting to Rs 5 lakh shall be given to self-help groups involved in agro-related activities. Rs 1,341 crore have been allocated to agriculture and horticulture in the budget while Rs 3,141.34 crore have been allocated to rural development and Panchayati Raj department.  Rs 2,545.40 crore have been allocated for medical health, family welfare and medical education while Rs 1,073 crore for the education sector. About Uttarakhand ♦ Capital- Dehradun ♦ Chief Minister- T.S Rawat ♦ Governor- Baby Rani Maurya

    Smriti Irani laid the foundation stone of a Hastshilp Complex in New Delhi

    2 days ago
    Smriti Irani, laid the foundation stone of Hastshilp Complex in New Delhi which is to be built in a period of 18 months by NBCC (formerly known as National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd) and at a cost of Rs.113.56 crores. She announced that it will be called “Deen Dayal Antarashtriya Hastshilp Bhawan” and awardee artisans will be allocated space for marketing their products, on a rotation basis, with a preference to Divyang (disabled) artisans.

    Cabinet approved the new National Electronics Policy

    2 days ago
    The Union Cabinet approved the new National Electronics Policy 2019 that aims to achieve a turnover of $400 billion (about Rs.26 lakh crore) for the Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector by 2025, while generating employment opportunities for one crore people. To promote the creation of an ecosystem, the NEP 2019 has pitched for 2.0 version of the Electronics Manufacturing Cluster scheme, under which infrastructure support will be provided for a group of industries that are part of the product supply chain rather than individual industries. 

    International Annual Desert Festival Held In Jaisalmer

    2 days ago
    The 40th International Annual Desert Festival held on the sand dune in Jaisalmer with thousands of tourists participating in the colourful event. The 3-day festival, which exhibits the rich cultural heritage of the desert state, commenced with a colourful procession from Gadsisar lake fort. It had interesting events like Mr Desert and Ms Moomal competitions, moustache competitions, turban tying, musical and cultural performances, among others.

    Dwarka to house Indias first hi-tech forensic lab

    2 days ago
    Union home minister Rajnath Singh and LG Anil Baijal inaugurated a state-of-the-art National Cyber Forensic Lab (NCFL) and the Delhi Police's cyber crime unit 'CyPAD' at Dwarka, Sector 16C. Called the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), the lab will have equipment’s to deal with memory forensics, image enhancement, network forensics, malware forensics, crypto-currency forensics, recovery of damaged hard drives and advanced mobile forensics. It is the first cybercrime awareness and detection center in India. Rajnath Singh also felicitated 15 school teachers who have done commendable work as 'Cyber Awareness Mitras'.

    PM Modi flags off the world's first diesel to electric locomotive in Varanasi

    2 days ago
    The world's first electric train engine converted from a diesel engine flagged off in Uttar Pradesh's Varanasi and is a part of Indian Railway’s Mission 100 percent electrification and de-carbonization efforts. Work on the project began in December 2017 and it took 69 days to convert two diesel train engines into a twin electric engine of 10,000 HP [Horse Power].

    Indias First Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre Inaugurated In Kolkata

    2 days ago
    Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated India’s very first ‘Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture at a cost of Rs 20 crore. About Culture Minister Headquarters: Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi Annual budget  : ₹2,843.32 crore (US$400 million) (2018-19 est.)[1] Minister responsible: Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State 

    TN CM Palaniswami flagged off 4 vessels made under deep sea fishing project

    3 days ago
    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami flagged off the first set of four vessels made at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) under the deep sea fishing project. The project was initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  The project is to protect the fishermen from the ‘troubled waters’ of Palk Bay and prevent their arrest by the Sri Lankan navy on charges of trespass, through video conferencing from Chennai.  The CSL has built the vessels at a cost of Rs.81.5 lakh each and has four more orders. Under the project, the beneficiaries are helped to construct the longliners at the cost of Rs.80 lakh per boat. The Centre provides 50% subsidy and the State government 20% as the beneficiaries contributed 10% and helped to raise 20% institutional finance.

    The 79th lHC to be held in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh from 26th February

    3 days ago
    The 79th Indian History Congress (IHC) is to be held at Barkatullah University in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh from February 26. The 79th Indian History Congress was supposed to be held at Pune but was cancelled citing financial constraints to host the congress. IHC will be held at Madhya Pradesh for the second time. The first time it was held in 2011. Over 1,000 delegates including prominent historians are expected to participate in the IHC in Bhopal. Indian History Congress: ♦ Indian History Congress was established in 1935 ♦ It is the largest professional and academic body of Indian historians with over 10,000 members ♦ Its aim is the promotion and encouragement of the scientific study of Indian history  ♦ The Indian History Congress holds annual sessions on five sections namely:     1) Ancient India     2) Medieval India     3) Modern India     4) History of Countries other than India     5) Archaeology  ♦ IHC stands for collaboration with historians throughout the world and promotes the study in India of the history of other countries

    Rajnath Singh Launches Pan-India Number 112 For Women Safety

    3 days ago
    This Emergency Response Support System (ERSS), launched in 16 states/union territories and Mumbai city, aims to help those in distress, especially women send out distress signals and their location details to the nearest police control room by pressing a button on their phones. The ERSS project, being launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD), is financed using Rs 321.69 crore from the Nirbhaya Fund Scheme.

    CBIC appoints Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar and Ashok Kumar Pandey as its members

    3 days ago
    Senior IRS officers Sandeep Mohan Bhatnagar and Ashok Kumar Pandey have been appointed as members in the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC). Pandey is a 1983-batch Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officer, while Bhatnagar a 1984-batch IRS officer.

    Rabindranath Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony awarded by the President

    3 days ago
    President Ram Nath Kovind presented the Rabindranath Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for the year 2014, 2015 and 2016 at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, New Delhi. The awardees were: Shri Rajkumar Singhajit Singh for the year 2014 Chhayanaut (a cultural organization of Bangladesh) for the year 2015 Shri Ram Sutar Vanji for the year for 2016 The Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony was instituted by the Government of India for promoting values of Cultural Harmony from 2012 and it is awarded annually and carries an amount of Rs 1 crore.

    Jharkhands NGO Yuwa won Laureus Sports for Good Honour

    3 days ago
    Yuwa, a Jharkhand-based NGO which works for girl empowerment, Sunday won the Laureus Sport for Good award, becoming the third Indian entry to bag the honour. The NGO, founded by Americans Franz Gastler and Rose Thomson Gastler in 2009, runs a football program in rural Jharkhand covering 450 girls.

    About 16 crore Indians consume alcohol: Govt survey

    3 days ago
    According to a survey conducted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, about 16 crore  (14.6 per cent) Indians in the 10-75 age group consume alcohol. Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have the highest prevalence of liquor use. After alcohol, cannabis and opioids are the next commonly-used substances in India.

    Dhanya became the First woman to climb Keralas Agasthyarkoodam peak

    3 days ago
    Bureaucrat Dhanya Sanal K. became the first woman to climb Agasthyarkoodam peak in Kerala. There was an unofficial ban for women to trek the peak which was swept aside by Kerala High Court. Agasthyarkoodam peak is a 1868 metre high mountain peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. It is a pilgrimage centre as of Hindu Puranas for the devotees of Agasthya. Agasthya is considered as the father of Tamil language and the Malayalam language is said to be born from him.

    Shiv Chhatrapati awards conferred on Uday Deshpande and Smriti Mandhana

    3 days ago
    Mallakhamb coach, Uday Deshpande and batswoman, Smriti Mandhana were awarded the Maharashtra State Government’s Shiv Chhatrapati Award by the State’s Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at an event held at the Gateway of India, Mumbai. Uday Deshpande was awarded with the Shiv Chhatrapati life-time achievement award for dedicating his life to the traditional sport, Mallakhamb. Shiv Chhatrapati award for players among several others was presented to Smriti Mandhana, opening batswoman of the Indian Women’s Cricket team. About Maharashtra ♦ Capital – Mumbai ♦ Chief Minister – Devendra Fadnavis ♦ Governor – C. Vidyasagar Rao

    J&K administration withdraws security to separatist leaders

    18 February 2019
    After the Pulwama attack, the Governor’s administration in Jammu and Kashmir issued orders to withdraw all security personnel and government facilities provided to five separatist leaders in Kashmir. The separatist leaders included Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, his two close aides Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone. The move comes two days after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh talked about acting against those who get money from across the border and are hand in glove with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

    Landless farmers given grant in Odisha

    18 February 2019
    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik distributed financial assistance to the landless agricultural households of the State at a farmers' rally in Kendrapara district under the Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation scheme.  A total of 10 lakh landless agricultural households will be provided financial assistance of Rs.12,500 each under the scheme to support activities such as small goat-rearing units, mini-layer units, duckery units, fishery kits for fishermen, mushroom cultivation and beekeeping. A sum of Rs.5,000 each was transferred to the bank accounts of a total of 3.5 lakh landless agricultural households in the first phase.  A total of 12.45 lakh small and marginal farmers have already been provided Rs. 5,000 each in the first phase under the scheme. Nearly 30 lakh small and marginal farmers will get Rs.5,000 each in the five kharif and rabi seasons between 2018-19 and 2020-21.

    Union Government Raised Rs.10000 Crore From Bharat-22 ETF Offering

    18 February 2019
    The government has raised Rs 10,000 crore by the additional offering of Bharat-22 Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). The additional 'on-tap' offering of Bharat-22 ETF was opened for a single day with a base issue size of Rs 3,500 crore and an option to retain over-subscription.  The issue was over-subscribed 10 times and received bids for Rs 4,00,000 crore till 7 pm. Bids will pour in till 8 pm. The Bharat-22 ETF issue received an overwhelming response from all categories of investors including retail investors.

    Vidarbha clinches the Irani Cup title

    18 February 2019
    Vidarbha became the only 3rd team in Indian Domestic Cricket history to defend their Irani cup titles at Jamtha Stadium in Nagpur by defeating rest of India. Vidarbha becomes the 3rd team after Bombay and Karnataka to defend the Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup.  

    One hundred and Six Coastal and Marine sites got identified under National Wildlife Action Plan

    18 February 2019
    According to a biennial report released by the government, the Centre has identified 106 Coastal and Marine sites as Conservation Reserves under its National Wildlife Action plan for the period of 2017-2031. This was the 2nd biennial updated report which was made by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and was submitted to the UN body on Climate change in December 2018. According to the report, India has been successful to sustain the ecosystem when it is at its edge of disappearing at an alarming rate. Also, it will further conserve the coastal and marine ecosystems from the impact of climate change. Both the coastal and marine areas facilitate with food baskets and fish protein to population, and also provide a valuable foreign exchange in turn.

    Himachal passed bill to make Sanskrit 2nd official language

    18 February 2019
    The Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed the Official Language (Amendment) Bill 2019 to make Sanskrit the second official language in the state. The bill was introduced in the Assembly by Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh. Once given assent by the Governor, it will amend the Himachal Pradesh Official language Act, 1975. Now, Hindi is the official language of Himachal Pradesh. The Assembly also renamed Himachal Pradesh University of Health Sciences after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. About Himachal Pradesh: ♦ Capital: Shimla ♦ Chief minister: Jai Ram Thakur ♦ Governor : Acharya Dev Vrat ♦ Districts: 12 ♦ Official Language: Hindi

    Telangana govt announced creation of two new districts

    18 February 2019
    The new districts - Narayanpet and Mulugu started functioning from February 17, 2019. Now, the number of districts in the Telangana rose to 33. Narayanpet has been carved out of Mahbubnagar district and Mulugu from Jayashankar Bhupalpally. Telangana had 10 districts when it came into being as India's 29th state on June 2, 2014, after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh. About Telangana: Capital: Hyderabad Chief minister: K. Chandrashekar Rao Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan Districts: 33 Founded: 2 June 2014

    PM Modi lays foundation of Bihar's first metro rail in Patna

    18 February 2019
    The Patna Metro Rail Project will be built at an estimate of over ₹13,300 crore and will be completed in five years. PM Modi inaugurated the Patna City Gas Distribution project. He laid the foundation stone of the Barauni Refinery Expansion Project and the ATF Hydrotreating Unit (INDJET) at Barauni Refinery. He also laid the foundation stone of medical colleges at Chhapra and Purnia. About Bihar: ♦ Governor: Lalji Tandon ♦ Chief minister: Nitish Kumar ♦ Capital: Patna ♦ Districts: 38

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated and laid foundation stones for Rs 2114 crores

    18 February 2019
    Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, inaugurated and laid foundation stones for numerous development projects amounting to Rs 2,114 crore in Kalahandi district on 16th February 2019. The major projects inaugurated were: Ret Medium Irrigation project which is constructed at a cost of Rs 768.46 crore, as stated officially. The project is expected to benefit 79 villages by providing them with irrigation facility for 8500 hectares of agricultural land under the four blocks of Bhawanipatna, Kesinga, Narla and Lanjigarh in the district. 38 more developmental projects worth Rs 1346 crore– out of which 23 projects were completed at an estimated cost of Rs 910.57 crore, while foundation stones were laid for 15 others, expected to incur a cost of Rs 435.28 crore.

    Lifeline Rivers of Punjab should inhale to support breathing life around it

    17 February 2019
    Punjab government presents ‘comprehensive action plan’ to check pollution in the Beas and Sutlej, besides steps to restore the water quality of rivers in the state. The state government will also take up the issue with the Centre. Said, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. Amarinder already constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the chief secretary, with the administrative secretaries concerned as members for regular monitoring of the measures to control pollution, of the river waters.

    Indias First Agromet Forecast Centre Inaugurated In Karnataka

    17 February 2019
    Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated the North Karnataka Agromet Forecasting and Research Centre (NKAFC), India’s first agreement forecast centre, at University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) in Dharwad, Karnataka. The main objective of the centre is to give accurate reports on the weather which would enable the farmers to protect the crops and get a good yield.

    World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019 Report Released By ILO

    17 February 2019
    The International Labour Organization released World Employment and Social Outlook Trends 2019 report. As per the report, unemployment rates will fall to 4.9% in 2019 and remains steady in 2020. Among the age group 15-24 the global unemployment stood at 11.8% which is much higher than it is among other age groups.

    CBDT proposes 30-40% digital tax for tech giants like Google, FB and Amazon

    17 February 2019
    The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has prepared a draft proposal under the newly introduced concept of 'significant economic presence', also known as digital permanent establishment (PE), which seeks to impose tax at 30 to 40 per cent rate based on the revenues and user base of such companies in India. Large Indian companies pay 30 percent corporate tax, while subsidiaries of foreign companies in India have to shell out 40 percent.

    Govt hikes minimum selling price of sugar by Rs 2 per kg

    17 February 2019
    Central Government hiked the minimum selling price of sugar by Rs 2 per kg to Rs 31 to help millers clear farmers' dues. The minimum selling price (MSP) is the rate below which the mills cannot sell sugar in the open market to wholesalers and bulk consumers like beverage and biscuit makers.

    India's first district cooling system to be built in Amaravati

    16 February 2019
    UAE-based cooling solutions utility National Central Cooling Company PJSC (Tabreed) has entered into a 30-year concession with Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA) to build, own, operate and transfer India's first district cooling system in Amaravati. The agreement is for a contracted cooling capacity of 20,000 refrigeration tons (RTs).

    Govt panel proposes national minimum wage of Rs 375 per day

    16 February 2019
    A government panel has recommended a national minimum wage of ₹375 per day or ₹9,750 per month plus an additional housing allowance of ₹1,430 per month for workers in cities. The minimum wage would be ‘irrespective of sectors, skills, occupations and rural-urban locations’. Currently, minimum wages are decided by respective state governments.

    IWAI launched portal LADIS for real time information

    16 February 2019
    Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) launched a new portal ‘LADIS’ for real-time data on available depth on stretches of National Waterways. Least Available Depth Information System (LADIS) will ensure real-time data on ship and cargo owners on which they can undertake transportation on National Waterways (NW) in a more planned way. It is a step towards ensuring optimum use of National Waterways. For smooth movement of vessels is required for an assured depth of waterways. Real-time information on least available depth will also help transporters by guiding them on the suitability on time of movement. The portal is hosted on IWAI’s website www.iwai.nic.in. LAD information initially will be available for NW-1, NW-2,

    Early Ed Asia 2019, Asias largest early childhood conference, held in Jaipur

    16 February 2019
    It was the first time such a conference was held in India with over 6000 eminent early childhood educators, policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders from India and foreign countries. The latest trends in teaching and research were discussed to provide a stronger foundation to the children. The motto of the event was ‘Our Children. Our Future’. About Rajasthan ♦ Capital – Jaipur ♦ Chief Minister – Ashok Gehlot ♦ Governor – Kalyan Singh

    Bhubaneshwar held the 5th International Dam Safety Conference 2019

    16 February 2019
    State Water Resources minister Niranjan Pujari and Union Water Resources & Ganga Rejuvenation Secretary U.P. Singh inaugurated the 5th International Dam Safety Conference 2019 in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha. Structural safety and efficiency of the 80% large dams more than 25 years old and 209 dams over 100 years old and the measures to be taken were discussed at the conference. The conference was a part of the Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP) assisted by World Bank.

    Fifth India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting held in New Delhi

    16 February 2019
    The 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh Dr Abdul Momen was held in New Delhi. Four MoUs were signed during this meeting: MoU on mid-career training of 1800 Bangladesh civil servants. MoU between the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) and the Ministry of Health of Bangladesh on cooperation in the field of medicinal plants. MoU between Anti-Corruption Commission of Bangladesh and Central Bureau of Investigation of India(CBI) for cooperation in the fight against graft. MoU between Hiranandani Group and Bangladesh Economic Zones Authority to facilitate investments in the Indian Economic Zone in Mongla, Bangladesh. About Bangladesh ♦ Capital – Dhaka ♦ Currency – Taka ♦ Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina

    EU-India to fund 7 Projects to deal with Water challenges

    16 February 2019
    India and the European Union made a decision to mutually invest up to 40 Million Euros on 7 Research and Innovation projects to tackle and handle immediate water challenges in the country. The projects which are selected will develop or adapt the most acceptable existing creative and affordable solutions for Indian conditions, both in rural and urban areas, to facilitate solutions to cope up with water challenges. ‘Horizon 2020’, EU’s programme and Indian government will invest together on projects for average duration of 4 years. The main prime areas of the projects are to improve the quality of drinking water, wastewater management system and real-time monitoring and control systems. The project will brace India’s Ganga rejuvenation initiative, transfer of European technologies to India to suit Indian needs.

    Bihar Government announced Universal Old Age Pension Scheme

    16 February 2019
    Bihar Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar announced a Universal Old Age Pension scheme, named Mukhya Mantri Vriddha Pension Yojana (MMVPY), irrespective for all caste, community, religion, except for those who are retired from government organizations. The scheme facilitates the amount of Rs. 400 monthly pension for all in the state above the age of 60 who are not getting a pension from the government.  The Chief Minister announced a pension of 6,000 rupees for journalists above 60 years of age. Those who have been in regular service in the field of media and not getting any other pension will be eligible for Bihar Patrakar Samman Yojana (BPSY).

    Indias 1st Aqua Mega Food Park commissioned in Andhra Pradesh

    16 February 2019
    Union Minister of Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal commissioned Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park at Tundurru Village in Bhimavaram Mandal, West Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. It will be the first Mega Aqua Food Park operationalised exclusively for fish and marine products processing in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The mega park has been set up in 57.81 acres at a cost of Rs 122.60 crore. Besides this aqua food park, the Ministry had sanctioned another mega food park in Chittoor District of Andhra Pradesh. It was inaugurated on July 9, 2012. Currently, the third Mega Food Park sanctioned by the Ministry is under implementation at Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. About Andhra Pradesh: Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan Chief minister: N. Chandrababu Naidu Districts: 13 Capitals: Hyderabad (Interim), Amaravati The northwestern portion of Andhra Pradesh was detached to form the state of Telangana in 2014.

    Indian State signed $40 Million Loan Agreements with the World Bank

    16 February 2019
    The Government of India, Government of Himachal Pradesh (GoHP) and the World Bank signed a $40 Million Loan Agreement to help bring clean and reliable drinking water to the citizens of the Greater Shimla area, who have been facing severe water shortages and water-borne epidemics over the last few years. The Shimla Water Supply and Sewerage Service Delivery Reform Programmatic Development Policy Loan is expected to improve water supply and sanitation (WSS) services in and around the iconic hill city of Shimla.  About World Bank :  Headquarters: Washington, D.C., U.S. Membership : 189 countries (IBRD), 173 countries (IDA) CEO: Penny Goldberg Interim President: Kristalina Georgieva  Parent organization : World Bank Group

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